Jan 26, 2013 2:00pm EST
able to serve in this capacity. there is no one in the united states senate that has spent more time than you have on issues with the experience you have developed while being on this committee and spending time abroad with world leaders. there is al most no olmost no oo spent that kind of time and effort. i am happy for you. i know the many conversations we have had over the last two weeks, you are very anxious to serve. you are ready to go. my sense is your confirmation will go through very quickly. i do look forward to your testimony today. secretary clinton is here today after a day of hearings both here and in the house. i think you are inheriting the department that has numbers of challenges. we saw a systemic issues that need to be addressed and in the process of being addressed right now. our nation has budgetary constraints, which means that in all of these departments creativity will have to be utilized to make sure we make the most of what we have and making sure that our u.s. interests are put forth. we have a world that is a dangerous world and things continue to come ov
Jan 25, 2013 7:00pm EST
. and his concerns to budgetary pressures and other pressures facing the united states and its role. senator, thanks a lot. i know it's not easy for you to get here and that's not either. i guess that they too began and a general way asking you, what is the concern? what's worrying you about the possible interaction between limited resources here, pressure to cut the budget and what that might do in terms of limiting u.s. role abroad? >> the consequences of a diminishing pool of resources available and all the fiscal pressures on the congress now in terms of the decisions they make and how to allocate on and the prospects for the future not looking on that. combined with i think it less and less engagement, knowledge of and participation by members of congress and global affairs, whether it is national security, military related or whether it's foreign policy aide related for diplomacy and our presence throughout the world. if you let back -- look back to congress 20, 25 years ago, is essentially made up of people who have the relationship to world war ii and its aftermath in terms of the u.
Jan 26, 2013 5:00am PST
know that real filibuster reform will not be coming to the united states senate. we know that in the last few years the senate has ground to a halt as the filibuster has been in unprecedented frequency. we know that the number of senate bills passed is the historical low. and we know that the obstruction of nominees is to bad that the president had to recess a point to the printer. and we know that senators representing 10% of americans can kill any bill or nomination. we know that in 2011 a few far sided progressors edadvocated t change the rules that would have requi required those who are fill be busting to hold the floor and talk and they were ignored by the fellow democrats. with know that harry reid himself said that ignoring the calls for reform was one of the biggest gets and only we thought we knew that there were enough votes to pass genuine reform in the caucus, but we know that won't happen as harry reid struck a gentleman's agreement to alter slightly some of the worst procedural abuses. we know that whatever changes there are, are due to the activists and th
Jan 25, 2013 8:00pm EST
lady of the united states of america, mrs. michelle obama, accompanied by secretary nancy, and house of representatives -- [inaudible] [cheering and applause] [cheering and applause] ♪ [cheering and applause] ♪ [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] ♪ ♪ ♪ [inaudible conversations] [inaudible] [inaudible] [inaudible] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [chanting] ♪ ♪ ladies and gentlemen, the vice president of the united states, joseph r biden accompanied by inauguration coordinator on inauguration ceremonies, kelly, and senate deputy sergeant, and house deputy sergeant. senate majority leader, harry reid, and house democratic leader, nancy pelosi. [cheering and applause] ♪ [cheering and applause] ♪ [inaudible conversations] ♪ [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] ♪ [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] ♪ ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states barack obama, accompanied by staff director of the joint congressional. senate sergeant of arms. house sergeant of arms. chairman of the joint con